Can We Learn to Listen?

Flipping through the monthly missalette to pass the time, back in the days when I was a child and Mass seemed to last forever, I'd sing the songs in my head and read the prayers on the back.  One prayer struck me so much that I committed it to memory.I haven't thought of it much in recent years but it came to me suddenly today--perhaps through the prompting of the Holy Spirit?  It's a prayer we could all use in these troubled times....more

Are you a tired Mama? Are you being listened to?

The fatigue that accompanied mothering when the children were young was sometimes crippling. A day of stress on top of stress took a toll. By the time their dad came home, I was a depressed puddle of a mess. One thing that invigorated me was going to a mom’s group, or a homeschool mom’s group.  We would gather, swap war stories, share ideas, and pray for one another.  Going to one of these meetings was sure to lift my spirits. ...more

Another reason why my son isn't listening to me

My son and I have a deal to help him get through his school morning routine: If my little bear completes his tasks early (dressed, teeth and hair brushed) then he is allowed to play on his iPad. This gives me enough time to make his lunch and do my hair and make-up....more

Try This Amazing Trick at Your Next Holiday Party

 There is a difference between listening and waiting for your turn to speak. - Simon Sinek ...more

LISTENING

Coming to theatres this week from director/writer Khalil Sullins and Amplify is the power of thought when you are LISTENING. Human beings have been trying to control the human mind but the discovery is inevitable. Grad student David (Thomas Stroppel) invents a way to read minds with technology from scrapes. He recruits friends Ryan (Artie Ahr) and Jordan (Amber Bollinger) who come to think trying this new creation can help them. ...more

And from the backseat, I hear, "huh?"

I am putting dinner on the table and call my son to the meal. From upstairs, I hear him respond, "huh?" We are in the pasta aisle at the store and I ask my son what type of noodles we should get. He looks up at me from the cart and says, "huh?"...more

What I'm Listening To

It's true: Your teen isn't listening to you

One of the hardest parts of being a parent is that you have this person in your life that you are completely responsible for, but you can't actually control. Yes, you can influence, encourage, support and punish this person. But, in the end, they are a separate individual from you and going to do things their own way and you just have to take a back seat and deal with it (preferably without losing your temper)....more

Let's pretend you didn't say that

When I found out I was pregnant with my son, I started curbing my swearing. Admittedly, it had gotten a little out of hand as I was working for a company that had a stress-inducing, boy's club environment, and f-bombs were dropped by multiple people in every meeting....more

Listen First, Train Later.

 Photo by Patrick McMahan...more
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